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August 31, 1907

THE CLASS METHOD OF TREATING CONSUMPTION IN THE HOMES OF THE POOR.

Author Affiliations

Physician to Out-Patients, Massachusetts General Hospital. BOSTON.

JAMA. 1907;XLIX(9):755-759. doi:10.1001/jama.1907.25320090031001i
Abstract

In the great out-patient department of the Massachusetts General Hospital several hundred consumptives seek advice and treatment every year. In my own clinic in that institution I have frequently seen two or three new cases in a single morning. In some of the favorable ones the patients are able to enter the state sanatorium at Rutland. But there are many more who have families depending on their weekly wages and no money in the bank. These are often fairly healthy looking men and women who say all they need is some medicine to stop the cough or a good tonic to brace them up. Others too ill to work and yet with a good fighting chance for recovery under sanatorium treatment can not pay even the small weekly charge at Rutland. There is still another group, eager to get well, willing to spend their scanty savings if their life can

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